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Relive the many Society Events throughout the Years.

helping hands boxes

April Showers Open House
The April Open House was dedicated to the Helping Hands Pantry and The Shepherds Place in Reynoldsburg. Donations of food and other items were accepted.

Helen Kitzmiller and Hillard Ebrom, shown left, assemble boxes preparing for the donated goods.

RTHS Member, Nic Mendes, carries in a bag of donated items from waiting cars out in front of the Heritage Center.


March Meeting 2010
Richard Barrett presented a program on the Interurban cars at the March meeting of the Society. The 35th anniversary of the Society and the 200th year of Truro Township were also celebrated.

Jack and Helen Kitzmiller were presented with an honorary life-time family membership and exemplary leadership plaque by President Mark Myers, for their years of service and fundraising for the Society.


January Open House 2010
During the January Open House at the Heritage Center, Mary and Jack Friedlander looked over composites, displayed in the second floor Laundry Day exhibit. RHS grad, Jack, found many school friends on several of the 70 photo composites on display at the center.

The highlight of the cold day's activities were the hotdogs, cooked up by member Jeannine Winters. They were gobbled up as fast as they rolled off her grilling machine.

christmas dinner 2009

Christmas Dinner 2009
Master of Ceremonies and incoming President Mark Myers introduced Suzy Miller, shown right, who presented Marilyn Griffin, center, a plaque detailing the society's gratitude for her many years serving as RTHS President.

Suzy also gave Historian Connie Parkinson a Life Time Membership in the society and a plaque outlining her work as a longtime Reynoldsburg Historian. Dick Barth presented a Certificate of Appreciation and a Home Depot gift card to Jim Diuguid, for his many hours of work on the storage barn.

christmas on the town open house

Christmas on the Town 2009
Who would have guessed Rudolph the Reindeer would show up at the annual Christmas on the Town, Heritage Center Open House. Suzy "Red Nose" Miller, chats with Annie Wilhelm Paddock, a former Reynoldsburg neighbor.

Bus loads of visitors arrived to tour the Museum and sample the super selection of bake goods offered to the crowds.

november open house

November Open House 2009
RTHS Member, Chip Heim, looks over the recent donation to the Heritage Center made by his mother, Sybil. This was a Citizen Journal newspaper article about Reynoldsburg residents in the Forties.

Members and visitors attending this event helped put all of us into a festive mood, by decorating the center for the holidays.

card party

Card Party 2009
Food, food and food, it is all about the food. They come to play games but we all know it is really for the food.

Shown here, LtoR, is the food prep crew, Jeannine Winters, Jack Kitzmiller, Sherry Shrimplin and Ivalee Bassinger.

flea market 2009

Annual Flea Market 2009
RTHS member and sign collector Philip Vaughn scores big at the Annual RTHS Flea Market, Yard, Bake and Book Sale held in September. Vendors Beth and Matt Kemph, selling from their well established front corner booth, made the sale.

Although delayed a week by rain, the annual event filled a beautiful fall day with enthusiasm in Olde Reynoldsburg. The layout around the new Storage Barn, provided a grand setting, for the twenty-one vendors and the food wagon. Bargains galore drew hundreds of area visitors.

mural project

Reynoldsburg Mural Project
The Kick-off for the new mural was held during Olde Reynoldsburg Community Day festivities September 12th. 2009. Barth Cotner and the organization sponsoring the mural, used the RTHS Heritage Center for historical research.

Shown pointing to the tomatoes on the rendering is Tomato Festival Queen, Kathryn Rettig and on the left is First Attendant, Jennifer Mason. Mural Artist Curtis Goldstein began the painting of the historical mural during the event.

2009 reynoldsburg tomato festival

Tomato Festival 2009
The 44th annual Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival was a big success, and the RTHS booth attracted its share of attention. Society Secretary, Delores Trivett, shown in photo, discusses our mission with a visitor. Hundreds of Flyers, advertising the September 26th Flea Market and other upcoming events, were handed out. Many visitors expressed an interest in the Society and filled out raffle slips for prizes. Ten RTHS members manned the booth, at different hours. Thanks to all those who worked and the visitors who stopped by.

civil war ladies

June 2009 Open House
The June Open House turned into quite an event, when a group of ladies from the Reynoldsburg Civil War Encampment, toured the Heritage Center. This group is from all over the Midwest and they were very impressed with our museum.

The ladies then moved on to tour the Livingston House, where they had tea.

alumni open house

Alumni Open House 2009
On the 20th of June, 2009 a special Alumni Open House, sponsored by member Suzy Miller, was held for all Alumni of the Original Reynoldsburg High School. Shown in the photo looking at the 1920's Display are, l to r, Martha Brown, Suzy Miller, Gary West and Martha's sister, Carolyn Ashton Hill.

summer picnic

Summer Smiles
It was all smiles, all the time, during the 2009 Summer Picnic and June Meeting at the Heritage Center. Over thirty members lined up for the potluck, to enjoy a wonderful variety of food and desserts.

The meeting was very short to extend the social hour. Suzy Miller told a story of her great-grandmother's brother, being in a tornado, in Falls City, Nebraska, in 1896. Suzy has since made contact with the Richardson County Historical Society, in Falls City.

suzy miller
Suzy's Tornado Watch.

barn dedication

May 2009 Barn Dedication
As Dick Barth looks on, members of his crew cut the "caution tape" ribbon at the dedication of the Reynoldsburg Truro Historical Society storage-display barn

The ceremony began with the ringing of the recently-hung dinner bell. This was followed by a trumpet fanfare, invocation, and speeches by RTHS President Marilyn Griffin, Vice-president Helen Kitzmiller, Mayor Brad McCloud, and of course, Superintendent of Construction Dick Barth.

Close to one-hundred visitors stopped by during the day, for the ceremony, tours, refreshments and music by the gospel/bluegrass group "For His Glory.

memorial day

May 2009 Memorial Day
A large crowed turned out for the RTHS Memorial Day tribute held at the City Hall Veterans' Monument. The assembled were stirred by RTHS President Marilyn Griffin as she played taps on her trumpet and by local historian and Trustee Richard Barrett as he spoke on the meaning of the day. The ceremony concluded with our local VFW offering a 21 gun salute in honor of all Reynoldsburg Veterans.

book sale

April 2009 Open House
The young visitor pictured here, toured our Agriculture Display during the April Open House. He wanted to know if the double tree, pictured behind him, was some type of exercise equipment.

As part of the RTHS education program, it was explained that the wooden structure was used to balance the power, when two farm horses pulled a wagon.

book sale

March 2009 Open House
Our March Open House involved a Book and Bake Sale, delighting all those who attended.

Members Jeannine Winters, Ivalee Basinger and Amy and Katie Titchell sold the goodies.

Richard and Marjorie Barrett, along with Suzy Miller, Mark Myers, Marvin Shrimplin and Marilyn Griffin handled the Book Sale, in our Meeting Room.

apron program

March 2009 Meeting
Ivalee Basinger, left, assists the Apron Lady, Helen Kitzmiller, as they presented an Apron Program for the March meeting of the Reynoldsburg-Truro Historical Society.

Helen displayed a wide variety of selected aprons from her large collection. Wonderful stories were told about each apron.

helen, apron display

December 2008 Open House
During the December Open House, apron expert and RTHS member, Helen Kitzmiller, looks over the new apron display for the Heritage Center Museum. The newly created display was originally a plumbing parts rack obtained from Connell Hardware.

Helen will be completing the three sided, spinning display with aprons from her large collection. Each apron will have a brief description and mention the donor. Helen presents apron programs for groups all over Central Ohio, explaning the wonderful history of aprons.


Christmas on the Town 2008
Biting cold, ice and wind driven snow greeted visitors to the annual Christmas on the Town this year. But warming the hearts at the Heritage center were the Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival queen and her attendants for 2009. Shown l to r: Christina Gambino, Megan Toomey, Jennifer Mason, and Queen Jalisa Herron.

Visitors were offered treats and ornaments and thanks to member Amy Titchell's family, there were scavenger hunt games to play and coloring books.


dinner crowd

Christmas DInner 2008
Over sixty members and guests attended the 2008 RTHS Christmas Dinner at the local Eagles banquet facility. Joyce Vaughn, Dinner Chairperson, is shown, left, with Member/Contractor Dick Barth.

Dick and his crew of Amish Rejects, were honored for their construction of our new Storage Barn, shown in the photo Dick received. He was also named winner of the RTHS President's Award, given a lifetime membership and a monetary gift.

Master of Ceremonies, Mark Myers, was given the Outstanding Member Award for 2008, for his many hours of work and dedication to the society. mark



November 2008 Open House
Autoharps and gold, it was like heaven at the November Open House. Mary Lee Raines, left and LuRonda Smith, right, stopped by to look over our Music Display. They promptly treated us to a couple of songs from their repertoire as the Bluegrass group Second Wind.

Gemologist, Robin, was on hand for our benefit Gold Party, where your old gold was turned into holiday cash. Donations from the proceeds were accepted by the society.

Below, the Door Prize was drawn by Chase Brock Ring, Son of Steven and Tracy Ring from Baton Rough Louisiana. Steven is the grandson of RTHS Members Jack and Helen Kitzmiller.

prize drawing

graham descendants

Graham Descendants Tour 2008
Descendants of William Graham and their spouses, from Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Delaware, met on November 1 for a visit to our museum. Here they hold a picture, from our collection, of James Lovett Graham and his half-brothers.

Our Heritage Center Museum is always available for special tours.

mother daughter

October 2008 Open House
Visitors to the Heritage Center come from all over the World. When this mother and daughter, shown in the children's room, were asked where they were from, there was an immediate laugh. They were from across the street on Broadwyn Drive. They had always wondered what was in our museum and were thrilled with their extensive tour.

Yes, that is a puppy in the handbag.


Card Party 2008
Sisters Sally, left, and Peggy Volpe, right, are all smiles at the annual RTHS Card Party this October. Sally won big taking home the 50/50 cash prize and Peggy picked up a beautiful potted mum from the silent auction.

Over seventy members and friends played games, won door prizes, recieved gift bags and of course, ate lots and lots of food.

amy's gang


Planting Party 2008
In mid October a landscape Planting Party was held at the new Storage Barn. RTHS Member, Amy Titchell, her son Ryan, daughter Katy and friend Jasmine all participated. The girls are in the Builders Club at their school and earned points for working on a community project.

The all day project was also helped by members, Dick Barth, Marvin Shrimplin, Mark Myers, Hillard Ebrom and Joyce Vaughn and Philip Vaughn.


flea market

mark tattoo

Flea Market 2008
Our annual September Flea Market and largest event of the year was a tremendous success with 24 booths, a Museum Open House, and a Yard, Book and Bake Sale. There were bargains galore featuring everything from golf clubs to temporary tattoos.The R&H Dining car was a crowd favorite.

Event organizer Mark Myers, bottom left, is shown getting a tattoo, using his school colors. Below is an aerial photo of the jam packed RTHS yard sale set up by Marvin Shrimplin.

yard sale

storage barn

Storage Barn 2008
The new Reynoldsburg-Truro Historical Society Storage Barn is a reality. Much detail work and landscaping lies ahead, but the structure is there for all the world to see. What a wonderful sight it is.

vegas crowd

August 2008 Open House
Part of this enthusiastic crowd came all the way from points afar, to tour the Heritage Center. The Reynoldsburg High School gossip from the '50's they chatted about was unbelievable!

Shown in the Gift Shop, l to r: Kay Arter, Las Vegas, RTHS member Jeannine Winters, Barbara Caines and daughter Megan, CIrcleville and Wilma Bryant from Florida.

astrid pickering

July 2008 Open House
Spending over two hours at the July open House, Astrid Pickering, was thrilled to see all of the Reynoldsburg High School Composites on display. This was of great interest relating to genealogy work she is doing.

Not only was Astird excited to win the door prize, but she remarked how wonderful the various displays were presented, built around themes.




July 4th, 2008 Parade
Despite all odds, the Reynoldsburg-Truro Historical Society managed to have an entry in the local 4th of July Parade. RTHS member Philip Vaughn, his daughter Laurie DeWitt and her family, spent a rainy morning decorating their van and a rainy afternoon driving and walking in the parade.

Sons, Nicholas and Christian, handed out bubble gum and taffy and daughter Elizabeth Reed gave RTHS flyers to interested adults in the crowd. This is a wonderful way to promote our society and the parade announcer gave us a tremendous plug, for the Heritage Center Museum.

There has been much talk about attracting new and younger members to our society. The average age of the participants in our Parade entry was eighteen years old.

Many thanks to Parade organizer Mary Hudson who "allowed" our last minute entry. The citizens of Reynoldsburg, who came together to privately fund the Parade, are also to be commended.

Once again, Patriosm and love of America were proudly on display, in our little country town.

sharing memories

July 2008 Open House
Red, White and Bang, as Amy Titchell picks up the Door Prize she won, at the July Heritage Center Open House. Amy won an American Flag T-shirt, Sparklers and a CD of Patriotic Songs.

Amy and her daughter visited the Heritage Center, after her son told her what a super place it was, following his recent Graham Road School tour. She discovered our Open House dates, by looking over a brochure, her son brought home.

sharing memories

Alumni Open House June 2008
Terry and Judy Boyd share photographic memories, with Jean Gurtler Might, during the special RHS Alumni Open House, held on June 21st. Member Suzy Miller, set up the Open House, to coincide with the alumni banquet, held that evening.

Jean took advantage of the situation and signed up as a new member of the Historical Society. Welcome aboard Jean and hope to see you involved in our many activities.

marilyn door prize

Summer Picnic 2008
Heading for the beach is Marilyn Griffin, after winning the Door Prize, at the June 2008 Summer Picnic. Marilyn won a tote bag, beach towel, a pair of flip-flops and an energy drink. She will have to furnish her own bikini.

A full house celebrated the coming of summer, with mountains of food and much conversation. Many members got their first look at the Storage Barn, under construction.

memorial day ceremony

Memorial Day 2008
RHTS Historian, Richard Barrett, was the speaker for the 2008 ceremony, held at the Historical Society monument, at City Hall. Richard spoke of the deaths of soldiers in the Civil War and how Decoration Day came about, after the war.

Laying of the wreath was performed by RTHS members, Marge and Oren Spilker.

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prize drawing


April Showers 2008 Open HOuse
Tradition has it, that the youngest child present, draws the Door Prize ticket at our monthly Open Houses. Six month old, Gracie Barthen, performed the honors for our 2008 April Showers event. Looking on, left, is Grandma Connie Barthen and RTHS member Joyce Vaughn.

Visitors to the Heritage Center came loaded with food items to benefit Reynoldsburg charity Helping Hands. Helen Kitzmiller, center, Organizer of the food drive, thank a young couple for their generous donation. Two van loads of items, were collected for distribution, to needy families in the Reynoldsburg area.

mayor, helen

April Meeting 2008
Mayor Brad McCloud accepts a token of appreciation, from Helen Kitzmiller, for speaking at the RTHS April Meeting. The Mayor spoke about his talented and exceptional staff and what he hope to accomplish in office.

He listened most attentively, to questions from the audience and wrote down many items to follow though. The Mayor stressed having "Pride" in our community and it was discussed how the Historical Society can play a major part, in promoting this effort.

march book sale

Book Sale 2008 March Open House
Proving immensely popular, during the March Open House, was the Children's Corner at our annual Book Sale.

Ann Powell and her granddaughter, Kristin, browsed through the many bargain books. They even tasted the delicious Gummy Worms, available to the many book worms, attending the event.

The Bake Sale, also held that day, was a real winner and the largest crowd ever, for an Open House, left with arms full of books and goodies.

mark, dollhouse

Guys and Dolls 2008
One year after Arthur Phalor's Barn made it to the Heritage Center his matching Doll House finally arrived in 2008. Mark Myers cleans off one of the many parts to the Doll House prior to assembly. It is hoped that this Restoration will become a community wide project.

february open house

February 2008 Open House
Nicholas receives an electronic Permanent Wave from brother Christian, as Grandma Nancy Vaughn looks on, in the Heritage Center Beauty Shop Display, during the February Open house.

bill johnson

December 2007 Open House
Our newest RTHS member, Bill Johnson, looks over the Fifties Display at the December Open House. Bill has already volunteered to work on the Underground Railroad Display and assist with school tours.

door prize

Christmas Dinner 2007
Dot Barth's luck just keeps getting better and better as she takes home the Poinsettia Door Prize, presented to her by Master of Ceremonies, Joyce Vaughn.

Society members enjoyed a wonderful sit down dinner and a magnificent table of home made desserts, on December 7th, at Abner's Restaurant. Eight special Distinguished Service awards were handed out to very deserving members.

queens court

Christmas on the Towne 2007
Holiday colors of red flooded the Heritage Center as the Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival Queen and her Court tour the museum, during Christmas on the Towne, December 1st.

Shown l to r: Kristin Yarger, 1st Attendant, Briana Simmons, 2nd Attendant and Queen Jenelle Krumlauf.

Gifts were handed out to the children who stopped by our Open House and treats were served to all.

family one

Family Values November 2007 Open House
There is no better place in all of Reynoldsburg for family entertainment than the RTHS Heritage Center Museum. This photo, taken during the November Open House, shows that all ages love to view the displays and learn about the wonderful history of the Truro Township area.
family two
RTHS Member, Suzy Miller, utilizing mass email, organized a huge turnout for the Thanksgiving weekend Open House. Many former residents, who were in town for the holiday, stopped by the Heritage Center to catch up on memories of their hometown.

In the photo, l to r- Members Don and Mary Alice Foster, Suzy Miller and visiting from Maine, the Foster's daughter, Dawn, and her daughter, Brittanny, also know as "Shortcake."

ribbon cutting

flea market

Grand Opening 2007
Charter Member Jo Oldham and Mayor Robert McPherson cut the ribbon, on September 29th 2007, to officially open the new Heritage Center Museum. The Flea Market and Yard Sale was a wonderful event, on the most beautiful day ever, in Old Reynoldsburg.

Many, Many Thanks to all those involved in the Grand Opening, Flea Market, Yard Sale, Bake Sale, Book Sale and Farm Show. Support and attendance from the Community was fantastic and much appreciated.

richard barrett
Postcards from Home September 2007
Noted Author and RTHS member, Richard E. Barrett, presented a wonderful program on historical Coumbus and Reynoldsburg Postcards at the September meeting. Selected Slides were shown from Richard's 6000 plus Postcard collection.

don and shirley August Open House 2007
First visitors through the door at the August Open House were Don and Shirley Docken from Sun CIty, Arizona. They were thrilled at the Heritage Center exhibits and promptly signed up to be members.

Shirley is looking for 1956 era Reynoldsburg High School yearbooks. If you have a spare, click the Contact Button to let us know.

richard & marjorie
July Open House 2007
Member Mark Myer, right, explains the Agriculture Display to new members Richard and Marjorie Barrett, during the July Heritage Center Open House.

Richard is a Columbus area Historian and brought old Reynoldsburg Postcards to the event.

orential garden
Oriental Garden 2007
Keeping the youngsters busy this summer of 2007. Elizabeth Reed works on the new Oriental Garden, under construction, outside our Heritage Center kitchen window.

summer picnic
Summer Picnic 2007
Kicking off Summer in grand style, the Society held its annual Summer Picnic, June 19th, with a packed house, lots of great food, a wonderful door prize and a slide show of recent events.

alumni tour

Alumni Tours June 2007
Reynoldsburg High School Alumni gathered at the Heritage Center Museum June 15th, on two separate tours. One planned by Member Suzy Miller and one by Member Jack Kitzmiller. This group shown, is standing in front of their Class of 1952 Photo Composite.
suzy, evelyn
Members Suzy Miller and Evelyn RIchards reminisce, during the Alumni Tours, about their days working for the Reynoldsburg Reporter.

french run students
French Run Tour 2007
Teacher, Mia Lucas, lined up four classes from French Run Elementery to visit the Heritage Center Museum in June 2007. There were wall to wall students over a two day period, led by Tour Guide, Mark Myers.

jack and jenanine winters
Memorial Day 2007
Jack Winters, RTHS member and Korean War era Veteran, with the assistance of his wife Jeannine, place the Memorial Wreath at Reynoldsburg City Hall. President Marilyn Griffin, delivered the remarks honoring our Veterans and she also played taps.

rollie and ann powell
First Open House April 2007
Rollie and Ann Powell look over the "preview" showcase, during the first Heritage Center Open House, Saturday April 28th. A large crowd stopped by to view all the exciting new exhibits.

Trailblazers Spring 2007
Reynoldsburg High School students Jeff Patterson, left and Cody Coggins roll in the 1900 Telephone Switchboard to our new Heritage Center Museum. This was part of the last load to be brought over from the original museum prior to our Open House.

tartan day presentation
Tartan Day March Meeting 2007
Marvin Shrimplin, Museum Curator and Jack Guyselman look on, during the March meeting, as Anne Myles Lamb presents RTHS President, Marilyn Griffin, the Stewart of Atholl Tartan Banner honoring John D. French, one of the settlers of Reynoldsburg. 

cleaning crew
We Do Windows January 2007
Many, many thanks to the cleaning crew, that showed up at the Heritage Center Museum in January, to whip the place into massive tidiness.

From left to right, Barb Mount, Ivalee Basinger, Hillard Ebrom, Mark Myers and Jeannine Winters. They worked long and hard to clean rooms and brighten all the items brought over from the original museum.

Trailblazers Fall 2006
Moving the Soapbox derby racer to the Heritage Center Museum are Reynoldsburg students, l to r, Kier Jeffers, Jeff Williams and Jon Kirk. This was part of the first load of artifacts to be moved into the center from the original museum above Connell Hardware.

sign repair
before Before Repair.
Sign Repair 2006
Attaching the dedication plaques was the final step in the fall 2006 major repair of our heritage center sign. The lettering and decoration were repaired, painted and clear coating was applied. Weeding and mulching followed and new lighting has been installed.

rths booth
Tomato Festival 2006
Working the RTHS Booth at the 2006 Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival are Ivalee Bassinger, Jeannine Winters and Joyce Vaughn.

door prize

Card Party 2005
Ginny Tarbill, Clarksburg, Ohio, shows off her door prize. MC Hammer says, "It was Rigged!"

September 2006

shirley vingle
Doll Program
Reynoldsburg resident Shirley Vingle brought part of her huge doll collection to the Heritage Center meeting for the September Program. She explained that dolls are known universally, the world over.

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June 2006
dick and j-me
Summer Picnic
Our June 2006 meeting brought a full house to hear J-me Braig from the Greater Buckeye Lake Historical Society speak to us about building a museum.

Dick Barth receives a prize from J-me, for correctly identifying a cranberry picker, brought to show from the Buckeye Lake Museum.

cranberry picker

November 2005
mark Mark the Story Teller
Mark Myers entertained our group with Stories, Stone and Song, about Native Americans, in the Reynoldsburg Area.

stone mortise kyle and daughters

Old Fashioned Days 2004

Barbecue & Bluegrass

don & mary alice
Don and Mary Alice Foster presented a program on Chillicothe at the November 2003 meeting.